Maureen Sapnar is the owner of Hildegard and Blaise which is a brick and mortar handmade bath, body and candle shop in Haddon Township. Soap making has been an obsession with her for the past 8 years. Her first lessons in soap making were words from her Grandmother. Her grandmother would tell her how to save all the meat fats and render them for a full day and then add lye. Her recipe was very basic but labor intensive. She wasted nothing. She would labor for hours for the simple things in life. Maureen once watched her grandmother peeling the skin and black sticky substance from black walnuts for hours to make one cake. That left a deep impression on the power of using your own hands to create sustaining beauty from very little. Today she has expanded into products such as lotions, salves, body butters, beard oil, gentle foaming hand soap, perfume and hand poured custom scent candles.
Today, Maureen uses vegetable oils and butters along with lovely scents, clays, botanicals, etc. and has turned bars of soap into a little bars of art. She believes a high quality soap is one of life's affordable luxuries. She also learned from her grandmother that you can take simple things from nature and turn then into something beautiful, nourishing and uplifting. The bonuses are daily self care and soft skin. Beautiful scents elevate your daily existence.
Maureen is a certified soap maker through the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild and serves on the board of the local NJ Chapter. She has also studied natural perfume making under Charna Ethier of The Providence Perfume Company. She is grateful to all who have taught her along the way including classes at Candles and Supplies, Holly Port's excellent Make It Fizz Tour and the Local Chapter of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild for their valuable insights and expertise and to the local makers community and business friendly Haddon Township.
She welcomes you to her studio in Haddon Township for classes such as "The Art of Soap Making". She knows the people that walk through the door are always the best of people and she is grateful for their interest, curiosity, and appreciation for the little things that make life special.